GFOI side-event @ COP23

 

Thursday 9 November 2017 from 16:45 to 18:15 local time in Bonn Germany. Meeting Room 9, the Bonn Zone.

The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) partners will be hosting a side event at the 23rd UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, entitled ‘Improving productivity and conservation through land use monitoring in the Pacific Islands’.  The side event is being co-hosted by two of the GFOI lead partners: The Australian Government and the European Space Agency (ESA).

The side event will showcase the activities and achievements of the GFOI in the Pacific, and across the world more broadly. The event will include presentations from Pacific Island country participants on the 2016 GFOI REDDcompass training course, ESA presentations on land use monitoring programs in the region and panel discussions on how the GFOI is making a global contribution to land sector climate change mitigation.

Those interested in attending the side event must be nominated to the Bonn Zone as representatives of an admitted observer organization in order to be granted access to the venue. Additional registration to attend the side event is not necessary. For those unable to attend in person, the UNFCCC Secretariat is planning to live broadcast the side event on the UNFCCC YouTube channel.

We hope to see you there!

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GFOI side event – agenda

 

Save the date: GFOI Plenary 2018

We are pleased to announce that the GFOI Plenary 2018 will be held in Bogotá, Colombia during the week beginning 12 March 2018.

The week will include an open forum plus additional component meetings and side discussions. More information about the agenda, venue and logistical arrangements will be circulated soon. For now we are asking you to please save the date.

Please note that participants will be responsible for making their own travel, accommodation and visa arrangements.

Please confirm your interest in attending via email to office@gfoi.org. Please also provide the following details: full name, title, organization, government official (y/n), country of residence, gender and phone number.

We hope to see you there!

GFOI side event @ GEO Week 2017

GFOI, through its partner the US SilvaCarbon Program, will host a side event at GEO Week 2017. The event will include two panel discussions on how GFOI partners are collaboratively assisting developing countries to increase their forest monitoring and associated greenhouse gas accounting capabilities.

The event will be held on Tuesday 24 October from 9am to 10:30am in the Meridian B Room of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
Registration is essential via the following link: http://www.earthobservations.org/reg_geo14_se.php.

Please click this link for more information and feel free to circulate amongst your colleagues.

National University of the Peruvian Amazon – short course on MRV for REDD+

A Masters’ level short course on MRV for REDD+ was held in Iquitos City Peru from 14 to 23 August 2017. Organized by the US SilvaCarbon Program and the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) in collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry Science of National University of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP), the course was targeted at professionals working on forest management issues in the Peruvian Amazon and surrounding areas. The course followed the structure of web platform REDDcompass, which utilizes the GFOI’s Methods and Guidance Document (MGD) to guide students through the key steps in designing and developing a complete MRV system for REDD+.

25 participants from regional governments, national agencies and academics from the national university of the Peruvian Amazon, completed all coursework and ultimately improved their skills in MRV for REDD+. Learnings from the course will continue to be disseminated by participants, including the academics who Have undertaken to incorporate the materials in to their ongoing teaching schedules. Additionally, the GFOI team developed two lectures for postgraduate and undergraduate students, which approximately 60 participants have already commenced. The UNAP has received a subsequent proposal from the regional Government of Loreto and civil society partners to collaboratively develop a similar course for their representatives based on the training materials of GFOI.

For more information, please contact the GFOI Office on office@gfoi.org.

Particpants from the REDDcompass course

GFOI Capacity Building Summit – Kathmandu Nepal

The GFOI Capacity Building Summit was held at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu Nepal from 18 to 22 September 2017. The Summit was attended by representatives from international organizations and REDD+ countries alike. It provided an opportunity for partners of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) to reflect on progress to date in forest monitoring capacity building efforts and discuss the way forward. REDD+ country representatives were also trained in the use of GFOI’s REDDcompass, a valuable tool for identifying needs and remaining gaps in national measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) processes for REDD+.

Participants discussed the need for capacity building efforts to be aimed directly at priority country needs and delivered according to the unique circumstances of each country. The GFOI’s MGD should be used as the centerpiece of capacity building activities and REDDcompass is a valuable resource for systematically identifying gaps and needs. There is a need to develop more sophisticated means to facilitate coordination between partners’, including through a global inventory of capacity building activities and possibly harmonized work planning.

The Summit produced a set of draft principles for good practice capacity building. Amongst other outcomes, these principles will seek to align international support with priority country needs, enable more efficient coordination between partners and monitor progress. These principles will be finalized in the coming weeks and are proposed to form the basis of capacity building activities under GFOI’s second phase which is due to start in 2018.

The GFOI Office would like to acknowledge and thank the US SilvaCarbon Programme, ICIMOD and the Government of Nepal for jointly organizing and hosting the summit.

For more information, please contact the GFOI Office on office@gfoi.org or head to the Summit website.

Participants at the GFOI Capacity Building Summit

GFOI Capacity Building Summit, ICIMOD, Nepal, 18-21 September 2017.
Photo: Jitendra Raj Bajracharya/ICIMOD.

REDDcompass Masters’ level short course

From 4 to 15 September 2017, partners of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) and the University of Melbourne are hosting a Masters’ level short course on MRV for REDD+ for participants from Indonesia. The course follows the structure of GFOI’s web platform REDDcompass which takes students through the key steps in designing and developing a complete MRV system for REDD+. REDDcompass provides a user-friendly approach to assist users in working through complex tasks and detailed guidance materials, including GFOI’s Methods and Guidance Documentation (MGD) and training materials of other partners including the FAO, SilvaCarbon, GOFC-GOLD, the World Bank and others.

30 participants from national and subnational agencies in Indonesia are participating in the course, which utilizes the professional teaching environment of the university to develop a comprehensive skillset in MRV for REDD+. Students will participate in a series of lectures, tutorials, practical tasks, short assessments and submit a final thesis in the form of a national MRV roadmap which draws on the existing capacities, tools and data in Indonesia. Students who complete all course materials will be awarded credit points for the subject from the University of Melbourne.

The course is being cohosted by GFOI partners in the Australian Government, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the US SilvaCarbon Programme.

For more information, please contact the GFOI Office on office@gfoi.org.

               

Participants from the GFOI RTEDDcompass training course

SilvaCarbon’s second regional workshop for Central America

SilvaCarbon held its second regional workshop for Central American countries in Costa Rica from 30 January to 3 February 2017. The workshop focused on methods for forest biomass estimation and forest cover mapping in the tropics.

This workshop reviewed methodologies associated with different sources of remote sensing data that can be used for biomass estimation, such as Landsat , SAR, and LiDAR data. It also reviewing some of the critical issues associated with biomass estimation, such as field data analysis, the use of suitable algorithms, uncertainty analysis and the application of biomass models. There were two parts to the workshop: a two-day meeting to review and discuss existing methods of biomass estimation, followed by a three-day field visit to gain field experience in a variety of biomass intensity settings.

For more information, please see the full report here.

SilvaCarbon WS

GFOI Plenary 2017: Invitation, Venue and Accommodation

GFOI Plenary 2015, Sydney.

GFOI Plenary 2015, Sydney.

Date & Location

The GFOI Plenary 2017 will be held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, from 9-12 April, at the New World Hotel.

Invitation & Permit

A formal invitation from the FAO Representative to Viet Nam is now available.

Agenda

The final agenda is now available. The open plenary sessions will be held on 11 and 12 April, with an additional open training session scheduled for the afternoon of Monday 10 April. Invitations for other events on 9 and 10 April will be issued separately.

Visa applications

All participants are responsible for ensuring that they can enter Viet Nam and where necessary obtain a visa in advance of travelling. The invitation letter and workshop permit can be used to support visa applications. We strongly recommend that you confirm your own requirements to enter Viet Nam and if necessary apply for a visa asap . Please note that ASEAN nationals are exempt from short‐term visas for entering Viet Nam. For more information, please see here or contact your local embassy, consulate or travel/visa agent.

Logistics note

To support participation in next week’s event, a logistics note that includes important on the ground information has been prepared.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the venue (New World Hotel hotel). Participants are be responsible for making their own reservations. A special corporate rate is available for participants who book through Thien Ha Travel & Convention Centre. Please see the reservation form for more information on booking through this service and note that payment will be issued to the Thien Ha Travel company and not the hotel. Alternatively, participants are welcome to contact the hotel directly or make reservations through travel agents or online booking services. Please note that accommodation is limited and it is a busy time of year in Viet Nam, so we suggest you make your reservations asap.

RSVP

We are pleased to announce that there is overwhelming interest in the Plenary this year. So much so that we have now reached capacity and registration has been closed.
Additional information will be sent in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions or clarifications please feel free to get in touch with the GFOI Office – office@gfoi.org .

GFOI Plenary 2016, Frascati, Italy.

GFOI Plenary 2016, Frascati, Italy.

New REDD+ capacity building initiative from FAO, UN-REDD, GFOI and the University of Melbourne

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries (UN-REDD) and the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) in collaboration with the University of Melbourne are pleased to announce the launch of a new REDD+ capacity building initiative.

The initiative will focus on National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for REDD+ building on existing technical guidance from FAO, UN-REDD, and GFOI (Methods and Guidance Document and REDDCompass) and and the expertise of technical partners in an intensive two-week course as a module of the Master of Forest Ecosystem Science of the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Key technical topics will include:

  • UNFCCC decisions on MRV and the Warsaw Framework for REDD+,
  • The IPCC and Greenhouse Gas Inventories (GHGi),
  • National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS),
  • Forest Reference (Emission) Levels (FREL/FRL),
  • REDD+ results reporting,
  • National Forest Inventory (NFI),
  • Satellite Land Monitoring Systems (SLMS).

The initiative’s first course will be for Pacific countries# from 28 November to 9 December 2016 at the Creswick Campus of the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences of the University of Melbourne. Government nominations are required before 30th September, 2016 to enable travel arrangements. Course and travel expenses will be covered by FAO with financial support from UN-REDD, GFOI, and the Australian Government.

Subject to the successful completion of this first short course, it may be replicated in other regions. Other partners are invited to contribute and expressions of interest can be sent to the contact persons below.

Julian Fox, FAO, Tom Harvey, GFOI Office, and Chris Weston, University of Melbourne.

First GFOI Forest Monitoring Workshop in Africa

A workshop on Data Interoperability for Forest Monitoring was held in Douala, Cameroon June2-6, 2014. This first regional technical GFOI-SilvaCarbon workshop on forest monitoring had the overall aim of supporting participating countries to continue to develop their data plans for country needs in the context of REDD+. Different data sets were presented and the use of different remote sensing data and their interoperability to create biomass estimations was discussed.

COMIFAC, the regional Forestry Commission for Central Africa, has a mandate to coordinate and harmonize forest interventions across the Congo Basin, including forest carbon measurement and monitoring. As such, in collaboration with GFOI and SilvaCarbon, COMIFAC is well placed to co-host the first GFOI-SilvaCarbon regional workshop in the sub-region, expanding the capacity building exercise to all COMIFAC member countries.

Details can be found here.